We not too long ago told you all about the new Estwing Al-Pro aluminum hammer, which has a dead blow-like recoil-lowering design and style.
We originally pointed out that the hammer will be priced at $ 200+. That is incorrect. The new hammers will be priced at $ 120.
While nevertheless priced at a premium, when compared to the cost of wood or steel-handled hammers, $ 120 is properly beneath the pricing of major titanium hammers.
A simple update to that post may well have been enough, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. Plus, we learned a little bit more about the design and style,
Question 1: Strength-wise, how would the new hammer evaluate to titanium?
The strength of titanium is higher than that of aluminum, which is why the cross section of our tool is much more than a titanium hammer.
Even with that said, if somebody had been to want to test ultimate strength by purposely destroying the tool, they’d discover that the titanium could probably take a higher bending load just before failure. Even so, the load that could be applied to the aluminum hammer before failure is plenty higher to pull nails.
In testing we’ve pulled thousands of 20d nails with out concern. We’ve also had these tools in the field for years with out a failure. Our aluminum hammers are forged titanium hammers are a cast solution.
My initial assumption was that given that aluminum is more affordable and easier to work with than titanium, these hammers would cost significantly less. But that was also just before I learned from you that they would have vibration (and rebound?) minimizing shot within the head.
Likely the aluminum hammers would have been significantly more affordable if not for the function of a steel claw. Titanium, while better for pulling nails than aluminum, pales in comparison to a steel claw.
Question 3: Is the deal with aluminum all through, or is there a vibration dampening or strength reinforcing material inside?
From the head to the finish of the handle the body of the tool is 1 strong piece of forged aluminum.
Okay, so aluminum is lighter than titanium. But the hammer manage is a tiny larger thicker since titanium is stronger.
I don’t feel I have seen a titanium hammer that didn’t have a titanium claw. Some larger end models have steel faces.
Estwing’s Al-Pro aluminum hammer has a steel striking face AND a steel claw.
Regardless of steel and titanium becoming stronger than aluminum, there are plenty of aluminum alloys that are up to the activity. In addition to, experts continue to use wood and fiberglass hammer handles with great results.
The neck of the hammer handle looks noticeable thicker compared to steel-handled hammers, but I believe you might have a speed advantage due to the weight reduction. And thanks to the dead blow-like hammer head, you do get vastly superior recoil and vibration reduction, as properly as energy and momentum transfer.
Estwing has completed lots of lab and field testing for their new hammer, and I uncover myself effortlessly trusting their claims.
$ 120 is nonetheless quite a bit of income to devote on a single hammer. But if I have been a pro who swung a hammer on a typical basis, and for extended periods of time, I’d at least take into account it.